Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Leaving A Bad Taste

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.  Matthew 5:13

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said that we are to be the salt of the earth. He went on to say that if salt becomes tasteless, it is no has use anymore. For Christians, this means “losing our saltiness” would make us useless for our purpose in His kingdom. You see, the issue was the saltiness of salt. When salt losses its saltiness, or its potency, it is good for nothing anymore.

Losing our Saltiness

Salt is salt.  It’s chemical makeup never changes, but it does lose some of its flavor the more diluted it becomes.  When you bake chocolate chip cookies, there is so little salt in them you cannot taste it.  It is there for the chemistry of baking.  But if you put a tablespoon of salt in a half cup of water, it would be very evident.  The same salt that is tasteless in the cookies is the same that is very strong in the water. 

Just like salt can become too diluted and lose its flavor, the more we become diluted by this world, the less salty we are, and that means the less likely we will be to fulfill our godly purpose.  It doesn’t mean we aren’t saved anymore.  Once Jesus saves a soul, they are saved forever.  But we can be led astray away from God, and that is Satan’s whole goal.  He wants to lead us away so we will not be “salt” for the kingdom. Trying to get involved with world in order to be the salt of the earth can lead us to become too influenced by the world, so much so that we don’t even look any different. We have to be very intentional about not being swept away.

Being too diluted by the world will cause us to lose credibility with those we are trying to reach.  If there is no difference between the way you are living your life and the non-Christians around you, why would they want what you have?  Much is at stake if we lose our credibility and the world is watching eagerly for another Christian to fall.

Christians can also lose their saltiness when they neglect their relationship with God.  Not reading the Bible and praying takes a toll on this relationship, as well as not going to church.  Staying in fellowship with other Christians and staying in communion with God keeps us exactly where we need to be to stay salty.

A Christian who does not find specific application for his life can slowly lose his purpose. Being overinvolved as well can cause burnout fast and cause one to suddenly want to be involved in nothing.  When the Christian loses his ability to contain and share the attitude and purpose of God, he/she is no longer salty.

Keeping your relationship with Christ a priority in your life will help to safeguard you against losing your saltiness.  Remember your devotion and commitment to Him when you first became a Christian?  He made you salty!  Remember the fire you had burning inside and the desire to soak up everything about Him?  To be salt for the earth is to have that fire within- to set things on fire around us, to keep the light burning brightly.  To do so effectively, we must not lose our saltiness.

But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. ‘Therefore, remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. Revelation 2:4-5

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